Leicester

Foxton Locks Festival goes ahead despite canal restrictions

A fundraising festival at a Leicestershire lock will go ahead despite restrictions on the use of the canal because of low water levels.

The Foxton Locks Festival will feature demonstrations and re-enactments, and money raised will go to improvements to the canal.

The lack of rain earlier this year has affected the depth of the canal and resulted in restrictions on users.

Festival organiser Ann Bushby said only local traffic was allowed on the locks.

The festival runs on Saturday and Sunday and includes craft stalls, museum tours, interactive Viking re-enactments and narrowboats using the "staircase" locks.

Situated on the Grand Union Canal, the locks at Foxton were built in the early 1800s by canal engineer Benjamin Bevan.

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